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Barchester Towers

Barchester Towers [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Trollope
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  • Print Length: 492 pages
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  • Language: English
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Barsetshire 4 April 2006
By Paul D
Following The Warden, we return in a longer book to the fictional world of Barchester, and the intrigues festering within the ecclesiastical community. The new Bishop, Mr Proudie and his fearsome wife, have moved into the city, with their chaplain, the oily Mr Slope. The wardenship of the hospital is to be given, but there is much debate as to whether it should be given to its previous occupant, the delightful Mr Harding, or to the deserving, if weak, Mr Quiverful, an impecunious gentleman with fifteen children and a determined wife. The main subplot is Mr Slope's inept wooing of the widow, Mrs Bold (Mr Harding's virtuous and sensible daughter), and the feeling of her friends that she should have nothing to do with him.
What marks Trollope as a great original is the way he takes the reader into his confidence - he has no time for the writer who is mysterious as to the outcome: we have no doubt as to the happy outcome for Mrs Bold, but the interest is in how the denouement is reached. And in seeing how many men can make fools of themselves with the Countess Neroni. This superb novel has a variety of well-drawn supporting characters, and the reader will find himself living their dramas with them. The other author who comes most to mind is Austen, but Trollope has a wider cast of characters. The strong women characters are drawn from Trollope's own family: his mother, Frances, herself a noted novelist, was a strong-willed woman who kept their family together in the face of her husband's impecunious habits. This is rightly regarded as one of Trollope's many masterpieces, and is a firm favourite with Trollopians. After reading it, I can easily see why.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 April 2007
By Alia
This was the first Trollope's novel that I had ever read and since then or maybe because of it I became a faithful fan of Mr Trollope. I have read all the series of Barset. In my opinion although not so well known as others English writers, Trollope is one of the best of this period. I like him a lot better than Dickens for instance. Like Austen he speaks about people and about the normal everyday things that happens to normal people and like Austen he created real alive characters, not perfect, not absolutely good or bad but human beings, and so much lovable because of it. You learn to love as much the nice people in this novel as the less worthy people because Trollope makes you to know them so well. They become just like your family, you have to love them in spite of their faults or just more because of them.

The bishop for instance ... How can you learn to love so much this weak and rather contemptible character? Well, you do love him because Trollope makes you feel that he is lovable in spite of everything. He makes you feel tenderness about him. Even Mrs Proudie, such absolutely repellent character, she is described with so much humour and so much life that you have to enjoy her and like her. The same you can say of the wonderful Mr Slope so masterful portrayed. I think that I almost like better these characters than the "good" ones. With the exception of course of Mr Harding that is the grand-father anyone would love to have.

Of course we can find that the way Trollope writes is in many ways old fashioned. Now, we are not used to have the writer including his own personal opinion about the characters... but even that, I have learn to love it, just as a characteristic of himself. Just as his characters, not perfect, but because of this even more lovable.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barchester Towers - one of Trollope's best 11 July 2003
Barchester Towers is the second book in the Barchester Chronicles series. A new bishop is appointed, Dr Proudie, with a wife who dominates him, and a scheming chaplain (Mr Slope) who rapidly earns the dislike of all of the existing clergy in the town. Mrs Proudie and Mr Slope battle for control of the Bishop's actions, largely over the appointment of the warden for Hiram's Hospital. Mr Harding, the former warden, waits to find out if he will get his old position back. His daughter Eleanor is now a wealthy widow, and her family become convinced that the detestable Mr Slope is courting her and that she is responding to his charms.
Trollope often warns his readers what to expect, so nothing that happens in the novel comes as a great surprise, but somehow, reading it is still a joy. I couldn't put this book down because the characters are so involving, and Trollope's easy to read style and his humourous observations make the book a pleasure to read. If you like a book where the unexpected often happens, this probably isn't for you. If you're a fan of Jane Austen though (another author famous for her subtle observations about her characters), then you will probably find this a worthwhile read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monstrous villany! 11 Mar 2006
By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There are three reasons why Barchester Towers stands out as one of the finest of all Victorian novels: Mr Slope, Mrs Proudie and the Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni, fabulous individual characters all! Of course, like all excellently drawn characters, they need a decent stage on which to perform and Trollope's tale of clerical shabby beaviour regarding the appointment of the warden at Hiram's Hospital, and the various plays for the hand of the demurely lovely Eleanor Bold, provide a fabulous backdrop. Mr Slope would walk away with the title of oiliest character in English lterature: he slides furtively beside Eleanor as he attempts to gain her hand in marriage (and her income); he moves with silent greasy ease between the respective cases of Mr Quiverful and Mr Harding as they vie for the position of warden in Hiram's Hospital and he fawns shamelessly upon the bishop and the bishop's wife, Mrs Proudie, playing one off against the other as the situation demands. Everything he does is purely for his own benefit and no sychophantic act is too demeaning or shameful. The character of Mrs Proudie has been well documented, surely one of the most icily fearsome women in literature, a masterful portrayal of sustained closet ferocity. But perhaps the greatest character of the three is the Signora Madeline, a lady who is carried everywhere due to a hip injury and who reclines at parties holding court on a large sofa surrounded by the adoring husbands of other women. Any male who comes with ten yards of her falls head over heels in love and proceeds to make a complete idiot of himself, professing undying devotion regardless of his own marital status or position in life. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is not a quick read but worth every word.
Published 1 month ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian novel
This author writes beautifully about the times in which he lived and brings his characters beautifully to life. A real treat for anyone interested in late Victorian daily life
Published 1 month ago by jumbi
5.0 out of 5 stars This has always been one of my favourite books
And it was great to be able to download it free on my kindle. I have enjoyed reading it again - so funny and so relevant to those working in any big organisation.
Published 1 month ago by Niamh
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Going
This is leaden-footed stuff compared to a lot of 19th Century fiction. It moves so slowly and the characters are really not that interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EXCELLENT TROLLOPE
A wonderful story writer and his works do not date. His books can be picked up and re=read many timers and always seem fresh.
Published 2 months ago by Allan Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars not an easy read but well, well, worth it
What fabulous characters Anthony Trollope has created. 3 dimensional, living, breathing, real people. If you remember the series from the 70's? Read more
Published 3 months ago by kc
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Barchester Towers is the first thing I ever read on kindle and I was happy with it. Great that it is free.
Published 4 months ago by RD
1.0 out of 5 stars Barchester Towers
A 'book club' read which I didn't enjoy. In fact, only read a couple of chapters before I gave up. Life's too short to read books you don't enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Higgs
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the book
Its as good on the kindle as it was in a paperback
The (very few) typos are no problem
- almost as enjoyable as the tv series
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Carmody
4.0 out of 5 stars Barchester Towers
Although it is a very wordy book, the story and characterisation makes for a good read. Enjoyed by reading group.
Published 8 months ago by Penfrome
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